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Firing Is Your Heaviest Burden As a Leader. Here's How to Handle it Gracefully.

Mike Harden | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Mike Harden

Letting an employee go, no matter what the reason, is never an enjoyable task. The truth is - and leaders should never say this to someone who is losing his or her job - that it's tough on the boss. This is one of the heaviest burdens a leader has to shoulder.

Let's Accept That Government Has Changed

Tom Fox | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

After speaking with leaders across the federal government in recent weeks, I've come to an unlikely conclusion: Leaders are adjusting to the new budget reality and making progress.

Dave Jamieson

Federal Workers Were Miserable Even Before The Shutdown | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal workers are increasingly disenchanted with their jobs and frustrated by their stagnant pay and shrinking resources, according to...

Dave Jamieson

U.S. Government Accused Of Breaking Own Labor Laws With Shutdown | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics

A group of federal workers who had their pay delayed due to the shutdown are suing the federal government, saying it violated its own labor laws by gi...

How the Shutdown Changed America (MUSIC VIDEO)

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 12.18.2013 | Comedy
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine


Dave Jamieson

FINALLY: Federal Workers To Get First Raise In 3 Years | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Barring a change of heart among lawmakers, the bill that Congress passed late Wednesday night to end the government shutdown will lead t...

Here's How Much Congress Got Paid During The Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

The government shutdown came to a close early Thursday morning when President Barack Obama signed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceil...

Biden Greets Returning Federal Workers

AP | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Some federal workers back on the job Thursday morning were getting a personal welcome from Vice President Joe Biden....

Federal Employees To Return To Work Thursday: White House

Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell notified furloughed federal workers late Wednesday that they should plan to return to ...

Dear Federal Employees, You Are All Essential in My Book

Steve Ressler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Steve Ressler

When we label a public servant as "non-essential," we do little to promote their sacrifice and dedication to making our country. Even more, this belittling label does not inspire young and innovative people to join government to make positive change.

Dave Jamieson

Fourth Miner Killed Since Shutdown Began | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An Indiana coal miner was killed after being struck and pinned down by a shuttle car in an underground mine on Friday, making his the fo...

Jason Cherkis

The Furloughed Worker Diaries | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For two weeks since the government shutdown began, furloughed federal workers and their families have had their lives upended. Ordinary ...

The Essential Loopholes

Caren Z. Turner | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics
Caren Z. Turner

When is it essential to be essential? That's a question that is befuddling federal agency senior management, more and more, as the government shutdown moves into its second week.

As Furloughed Workers Get Headlines, Don't Forget About the Long-Term Unemployed

Jennifer G. Hickey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jennifer G. Hickey

Furloughed workers wonder how they will pay their bills until they receive back pay. We simply worry about paying the bills. For the millions who have been laid off during the recession, no businesses offered free meals or other discounts the day after the pink slip arrived.

Government Shutdown Harms the Public Health

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lynn R. Goldman

Most serious are the long-term public health and safety consequences of this government shutdown. The CDC, for example, announced a suspension of its annual seasonal flu activities just as influenza season kicked off.

Sam Stein

Shutdown Sends Chill Through Science Community: 'I Don't Want To Throw Away' My Career | Sam Stein | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The shutdown of the federal government, now well into its second week, has put a chill on the science community and left young researche...

All I Am Saying, Is Give Shutdown a Chance

Benjamin Powell | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Benjamin Powell

President Obama has warned that "the longer this [shutdown] goes on, the worse it will be." Meanwhile, headlines around the nation are claiming we ar...

Furloughed Government Employees Accept Their Due Blame for Government Shutdown

Remy M. Maisel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Remy M. Maisel

In a surprising turn of events that has drawn criticism from the Democrats and widespread Republican support, furloughed federal government employees have accepted the blame for their current hiatus from work.

CIA Calls Back Furloughed Employees

AP | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA says it's bringing back some employees amid the partial government shutdown out of concern for national secu...

Dave Jamieson

Tom Coburn's Office Now Has More Workers Than The Agency Overseeing Workers' Rights | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal agency that enforces labor law on companies and unions has been almost entirely shuttered since the government shutdown bega...

10 Ways Science Is Suffering Under Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 10.09.2013 | Science

The government shutdown has put science in the U.S. on life support. Countless federal programs have been hobbled or shut down, from the National ...

5 Financial Tips for the Furloughed

Eric Adamowsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Eric Adamowsky

With families to support, bills to pay and the length of the shutdown unclear, furloughed workers face uncertainty. Will the Senate pass the back pay bill? Can credit card bills be delayed? What about the mortgage payments?

Dave Jamieson

Three Miners Killed Since Government Shutdown Began | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just as the federal agency that oversees mine safety has had to furlough most of its workers, three U.S. miners have been killed on the ...

Will The Shutdown Hurt Ski Season?

AP | STEVEN K. PAULSON | Posted 10.07.2013 | Travel

DENVER -- DENVER (AP) — A group representing the nation's ski industry said Monday it expects no major impact on this year's ski season because of f...

Thousands Of Furloughed Workers File For Unemployment

AP | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Furloughed federal government workers have filed more than 10,000 claims for unemployment benefits in the District o...